United Way contributions improve quality of life

Year after year, Moffat County residents display their generosity and commitment to a strong community by donating to the Moffat County United Way. Last year, community donations totaled record-breaking numbers with contributions exceeding $340,000.

In what is arguably one of the toughest economic years in recent history for Craig residents and business owners, and in light of looming federal, state and local budget cuts, county and city residents are encouraged to continue their partnership with United Way.

Per capita, Moffat County residents donate more dollars to the local United Way than do 90 percent of donors nationwide -- an accomplishment that should make all Moffat County residents feel proud. Each dollar donated is a step toward a more healthy lifestyle for one of our Moffat County neighbors.

Last year, Moffat County United Way funded more than 40 agencies including the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Moffat County Crisis Intervention Team, Grand Futures, Moffat County Partners and a host of other community service organizations. These same agencies would certainly face many challenges in fulfilling their obligations to this community without United Way funding.

We urge residents and businesses to continue their commitment to improving the quality of life in Moffat County by making a contribution to the 2003-2004 campaign and helping to reach the $310,000 mark by Nov. 22.

Kudos to Tri-State Generation and Transmission for their efforts as the campaign pacesetter -- the employees of Tri-State have already earmarked more than $70,000 for the campaign.

Many businesses throughout Moffat County match employee contributions, which we hope is a practice that they will continue.

The board of the Moffat County United Way and executive director Corrie Scott work hard each year to make the annual fund-raising campaign a success and to put hundreds of thousands of dollars back into the community for the betterment of local lives. But the ultimate responsibility lies within the community to contribute to the campaign -- every dollar counts.

For more information about Moffat County United Way or to make a contribution, contact Corrie Scott at 824-6222.

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